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Introducing…Rewardical!

We are very, very excited today to introduce REWARDICAL™, our powerful new loyalty program for businesses (and a crazy cool program for SFI affiliates)!

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Participating businesses will be able to automatically award “Rewardical” reward tokens to their customers, that can then be redeemed for a variety of irresistible goodies at Rewardical.com, including:

  • VersaPoints
  • TCredits
  • CSAs
  • Pure silver bullion bars
  • Bitcoin
  • TripleClicks gift certificates (redeemable on any product at TripleClicks)
  • You can donate your Rewardicals (that is, we’ll convert them to cash and make a donation on your behalf to a charity of your choosing).
  • More items to come!

Also, for participating businesses, there’s no hardware to buy, no software to install, and no change to their normal checkout process is required. In other words, it’s 100% hassle-free!  Best of all, it’s one of the most inexpensive ways EVER to attract new customers and keep current customers coming back again and again!


Official reward token of Localvantia

Rewardical begins life today as the official rewards token for Localvantia and will likely be THE most important component of Localvantia, empowering it to attract millions of people in the months to come!screenshot_2699By simply enrolling in Localvantia, businesses will be able to immediately begin awarding Rewardicals to their customers.

Quick update on Localvantia pre-registrations: Rewardicals needed to be launched first…and now that it is, the stage is set for Localvantia’s official debut.  When Localvantia goes live, you’ll be equipped with an awesome free digital marketing system to begin closing your pre-registered merchants.  And, yes, the closing system will of course trumpet Rewardicals and its many exciting features.  So stay tuned for the Localvantia launch in November!


Powerful Referral Program

screenshot_3070Rewardical also has a very powerful, built-in referral program (get ready, SFI affiliates!). It works like this:  For every 10 Rewardicals earned by your PSAs and PRMs, you’ll earn one Rewardical.

Example: Your PSAs and PRMs earn 50,000 Rewardicals in December shopping at Localvantia merchants. On January 1st, you’ll automatically be awarded 5,000 Rewardicals…that you can then exchange for whatever you want…VersaPoints, TCredits, CSAs, Bitcoin, etc. 

And to really juice this part of the program, we’re making referring Rewardical members super easy and attractive.

Here’s how it works: At Rewardical, grab your referral link from the “Refer a Friend” page.  Share the link and promo code with friends using email, text, or social media (no spamming please!).  Every referral of yours who registers at Rewardical using your link will immediately earn 25 FREE Rewardicals…and you’ll now be set to earn unlimited 10-1 Rewardicals on every Rewardical they earn…for life!  Wow, right?!

By the way, if you’re pre-registering merchants for Localvantia, you’ve got even more potential Rewardicals coming your way.  That is, for every referred Localvantia merchant, for every 10 Rewardicals they dispense to their customers, YOU will earn one Rewardical!

Example: The Localvantia merchants you’ve referred dispense 100,000 Rewardicals to their customers during December. On January 1st, you’ll automatically be awarded 10,000 Rewardicals…that you can then exchange for whatever you want…VersaPoints, TCredits, CSAs, Bitcoin, etc.


WIN Rewardicals starting Nov. 1st

RewardicalsStackYou’ve already read about Rewardicals being what you’ll earn when you shop at Localvantia merchants, but that’s just one part of Rewardical.  Effective immediately, our popular SFI contest, Biz Quiz, now awards Rewardicals to its winners!

Yes, every day, we’ll now draw 50 names from the entrants that had the correct Biz Quiz answer and award them 50 Rewardicals! You heard right; instead of just ONE winner a day, there’s now 50 affiliates every day who will receive 50 of our awesome new Rewardical tokens!

And we don’t plan to stop there.  We are looking at awarding Rewardicals for other SFI and TripleClicks contests…and possibly at other places, too!  Stay tuned!


Free Rewardical membership for your PRMs

RewardicalsStackWe want to roll out Rewardicals and Localvantia in a truly BIG way.  That’s why every member of TripleClicks (i.e., all your PRMs) will be receiving a free Rewardical membership in November, including 25 FREE Rewardicals!

In the coming days we’ll be sending out a special email to let them know and to invite them to get active with our fabulous new rewards program!  Of course that means the potential for thousands of EVEN MORE Rewardicals for you every month!  


The Bitcoin element

As many of our affiliates already know, we’re big proponents of Bitcoin, the Internet’s digital version of gold and its top decentralized currency platform.

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Why do we like Bitcoin?  There are lots of reasons, but let’s start with this: If you had put your hands on just $100 in Bitcoin in 2009, it would be worth over $70 MILLION today!  In the last 12 months alone, Bitcoin has increased in value by more than 700%.  And now, thanks to Rewardical, every SFI affiliate (and every non-affiliate too) can be collecting FREE Bitcoin and getting in on the “internet of money” revolution too!


Important exchange rates notice

As we roll out Rewardical, every affiliate needs to be aware that the exchange rates will likely be adjusted, perhaps significantly, for some items.  For example, what might cost you 400 Rewardicals today might cost you 500 Rewardicals next week or next month.  Or, it could go the other direction; higher now, lower later.
The reason is that, being a brand new program, we have no good way of predicting what members are going to exchange their tokens for.  If a large portion of Rewardicals are being exchanged for items that have a higher cost to us—or to our affiliate base at large (e.g. VersaPoints and their role in the value of TripleClicks Executive Pool shares)—we will have to make adjustments so that the program can remain feasible for SFI corporate and our affiliates as well.
Note: The items that will likely change most frequently (literally minute to minute) will be for Bitcoin and silver bullion, as the price will necessarily be pegged to the actual global markets for these items.

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Q: I’m an SFI affiliate.  What will I be able to exchange my Rewardicals for?
You can exchange your Rewardicals for:

  • VersaPoints
  • TCredits
  • CSAs
  • Pure silver bullion bars (coming soon)
  • Bitcoin (coming soon)
  • TripleClicks gift certificates (redeemable on any product at TripleClicks)
  • OR, you can donate your Rewardicals (that is, we’ll convert them to cash and make a donation on your behalf to a charity of your choosing).

And that’s just for now.  We hope to add a multitude of other great items!

Q: Will non-affiliates have the same choices?
Yes, except for VersaPoints and CSAs, since both of these items are only for SFI affiliates.

Q: Will Rewardical help the value of TripleClicks Executive Pool shares?
It should.  Especially for Rewardicals earned patronizing Localvantia merchants, we’re depositing roughly DOUBLE the amount into the pool that would normally be deposited for each VersaPoint earned.  Additionally, even when the member exchanges their Rewardicals for something other than VersaPoints, we’re depositing money into the Executive Pool!  As Localvantia and Rewardical grow, so should the value of TripleClicks Executive Pool shares!

Q: Is the correct name Rewardical or Rewardicals?
Rewardical (singular) is the official name of the program.  Rewardicals (plural) is more of a casual term we’ll often use when referring specifically to Rewardical tokens.  You can also use the abbreviation, RT, for short, for Rewardical Tokens if you like.

Q: What kinds of businesses can participate?
Rewardical is for businesses of every kind: online, offline, small, big, local, or international

Q: Why should businesses participate in a loyalty program like Rewardical?
There are many reasons why it’s imperative that businesses offer their customers a loyalty program.  See this terrific article.

Q: Wasn’t Localvantia supposed to launch in October?
Yes, that was the plan, but we developed Rewardical in the meantime and it became the “lynchpin” for Localvantia and needed to be launched first.  Localvantia’s official debut, however, is just around the corner!  We expect to be ready to go live with Localvantia during the first half of November.

Q: Will other items be added to the Rewardical exchange?
Yes, we have lots of ideas.  The more items you can exchange your tokens for, the more powerful Rewardical is of course…and we want Rewardical to be VERY powerful!

Q: How can I learn more about the Rewardical program?
Go to Rewardical.com and click on all the links and read all the information there.  Also, don’t miss the energetic and detailed discussions that will undoubtedly be breaking out shortly at the Forum (see the SFI NEWS DISCUSSIONS section).  SFI founder Gery Carson will be on hand to personally answer your questions, too!

Q: I thought that Localvantia was going to offer VersaPoints for SFI affiliates and MRP for non-affiliates?
That was the original intention, but Rewardicals are of course MUCH better because we give everyone choices on what to redeem their earned tokens on.  Need VP? Exchange your Rewardicals for VP.  Need some TCredits?  Exchange for TCredits.  Love Bitcoin? Exchange for Bitcoin.  Want to add some new members to your team?  Exchange for CSAs.  And so on.

Q: The 10-1 Rewardicals I earn for referrals…when do I receive these?
On the first day of each month we’ll deposit into your Rewardical account all the Referral Rewardicals you earned during the prior month.  i.e., Every new month can start with a big, juicy endowment of fresh, new Rewardicals to redeem on whatever you want!  What a way to kick off each new month, eh?!

Q: I understand I can exchange my Rewardicals for a variety of items, but can I “mix and match?”
Though there are some minimums (e.g. Bitcoin), you can exchange a portion of your Rewardicals for one thing (e.g. VersaPoints), another portion for another item (e.g. CSAs), basically whatever your want.  “Your rewards, your choice!”

Q: There’s not a lot going on at the Rewardical.com website.  Is there more coming?
Yes.  Without Localvantia being live yet, much of the support info (such as a directory of where you can earn Rewardicals at) is missing.  When Localvantia goes live soon, Rewardical will “fill out” quite a lot.  We’ll incorporate other pieces in the weeks ahead.

Q: I can’t wait to start telling people about Rewardical so I can start earning oodles of the 10-1 referral tokens.  Will marketing aids be made available for this purpose?
There are no formal marketing aids for this available yet, but they’re coming!  Stay tuned.  In the meantime, you can of course still refer your friends, family, co-workers, etc. by using your Rewardical referral link.

Q: Do I earn referral Rewardicals when one of my PSAs or PRMs wins Rewardicals in a game or contest?
Yep!  For every 10 Rewardicals they win, you’ll earn 1 Rewardical, with no limits!

Q: Can anyone register at Rewardical and start referring other members and earn 10-1 referral Rewardicals…or do you have to be an SFI affiliate?
The new Rewardical referral program is open to everyone.

Q: I’m already an SFI affiliate.  Do I need to register at Rewardical.com?
No, all existing SFI affiliates have automatically already been given free memberships at Rewardical.

Q: How do I log in at Rewardical.com?
Because Rewardical is one of our web properties, use your SFI login (SFI ID and password).  Similarly, TripleClicks members will use their TC login.

Q: I LOVE that Biz Quiz will now award Rewardicals to the winners.  Why not give out Rewardicals for other contests and games, too?
We definitely hope to, but converting the programming and documentation for each contest/game takes time.  Plus, at this point, we don’t know how well received Rewardical will be (please let us know if you love it!).  We expect that the reception is going to be quite warm (what’s not to like?!)…but it’s best if we take our time so that the impact of the new program can be measured and so that the conversions can be executed with the least amount of disruption.  That said, stay tuned, because it’s very likely that we’ll be announcing another contest’s conversion soon…and more soon after that.

Q: I noticed that MRP is not one of the items I can exchange Rewardicals for.  Why?
Rewardicals are, in many ways, redundant of MRP, so there will likely be changes coming in the MRP program.  Watch for future announcements.

Q: Is Rewardical a “game-changer?”
We sure think so!  Rewardical likely exponentially increases the draw of Localvantia, for both customers and merchants themselves.  Think about it: Who wouldn’t want to patronize businesses that give them great, free, automatic rewards like Bitcoin, silver bullion, and much more!  And with the referral program, merchants can, while enjoying increased sales, also be “silently” referring hundreds of Rewardical members, allowing the merchant to earn large quantities of tokens for themselves when those customers shop any Localvantia merchants in the area (and later, online merchants too)!

Q: What would be a great way for a business to promote Rewardical to their customers and attract new customers?
They could advertise, for example, that their customers can earn free bitcoin with every purchase…whether they sell shoes, pizza, groceries, or gasoline!  Or, perhaps substitute free silver bullion if Bitcoin isn’t their thing.  In time, we hope to have a true multitude of exciting items on the Rewardical exchange that businesses can promote.

Q: Will you be providing merchants with signage, etc. so that their customers and potential customers passing by will know they offer Rewardicals?
Absolutely!  Customized Rewardical signage, table tents, window decals, web banners, and more will be available soon.  Available FREE to the merchant, pay only for shipping.

Q: Is Rewardical a game-changer for SFI?
Yes, yes, yes! We believe that Rewardicals has the potential to exponentially increase almost every activity related to SFI, TripleClicks, Pricebenders, Eager Zebra game, and more!

Q: Is there more to Rewardical than is being revealed today?
Yes!  We have lots of amazing ideas for this program…so stay tuned!

Q: We currently say that the TripleClicks Members we’ve referred are PRMs (Personally Referred Members).  Will there be a new term introduced for referred Rewardical members?
Nope.  The definition of PRM will now expand to include both TC members AND Rewardical members (as in most cases they will be members of both). Note, however, that there will likely be new reports introduced that will distinguish for you between TC PRMs and those who are purely just Rewardical PRMs.

Q: Why not offer other cryptocurrencies than just Bitcoin?
We might in the future, but the reality is that on just about every cryptocurrency exchange out there, you can already instantly exchange your Bitcoin for what ever “alt coin” you like.  In other words, earn your Bitcoin with us and then exchange it as desired.

Q: Can SFI affiliates receive their commissions in Rewardicals?
If enough affiliates are interested in this, we would definitely consider it.

Q: Could a Localvantia merchant I’ve registered generate a lot of Rewardical members?  And would this benefit me in some way?
Yes and yes!  Imagine you’ve registered Tom’s Pizza Place, a very popular restaurant that has hundreds of customers each month.  Tom puts up signs in his windows, table tents on the tables, puts fliers in all takeout orders, etc. that say, “Earn free Bitcoin with every pizza! Sign up free at <Tom’s referral link>.”  So, now it’s a few months later, Tom is doing bigger business than ever thanks to his Rewardical promotions, and he’s now dispensing 200,000 Rewardicals a month to all those people he has signed up.  As the person who registered his restaurant, you’re now earning an extra 20,000 Rewardicals a month, just for this ONE account!  So, yeah, if you haven’t yet start pre-registering merchants in your area, what are you waiting for?!  By the way, those signs and flyers described earlier…we’ll be making them available free, customized for your merchants, they need only pay for shipping.  We also hope to make digital versions available that can be printed locally (no shipping costs).

Q: Will Rewardical members be told about the SFI affiliate opportunity?
One of the things that is very intriguing to us about Rewardical is that it represents a MUCH simpler, more accessible, and more casual program for anyone to earn some extra money.  Indeed, every Rewardical member can earn money by taking some very simple actions.  But does this mean they’re SFI material?  Certainly not necessarily, and assuming so could result in negative consequences.  So just as when someone becomes a TC member, we’re NOT going to immediately start soliciting them about SFI.  However, what we may do, if we see a Rewardical member generating a lot of referrals, is send them some friendly, general information about SFI.  After all, such a person may very well be interested in “taking it to the next level” with the more serious earnings available as an SFI affiliate.  So, concentrate on referring Rewardical members and we’ll let them know about SFI “when the time is right.” And, yes of course, you’ll be recorded as their SFI sponsor should they choose to join SFI.


Icons of people with speech bubbles..Head over to the FORUM–to the SFI NEWS DISCUSSIONS section–to discuss this announcement with your fellow SFI’ers now.


Re-post: Pricebenders Auctions open for worldwide bidding!

PricebendersLogoSome members may mistakenly think that Pricebenders Auctions are available only to US and Canadian members.

ON THE CONTRARY, ALL Pricebenders auctions are open to ALL bidders from ALL countries!

That’s right: Although we can only ship auction items within the U.S. and Canada, ANY TC member from anywhere in the world can bid on (and win!) any Pricebender auction.

How? Simple! Through our exclusive TC Gift Certificate Exchange and Your Choice Dropshipping programs, TC Members living outside the U.S. and Canada can join the fun and participate fully in Pricebenders Auctions.

NOTE: If possible, International Affiliates can also have the item shipped to a United States address at no additional cost by entering the name of the friend or family member and their U.S. address in the Ship-To fields during checkout. 

Here’s how it works:

GIFT CERTIFICATE EXCHANGE

screenshot_511Go and ahead and bid on any Pricebenders Auction you like. If you win a physical item that must be shipped and you live outside the U.S. or Canada, you’ll automatically be offered your choice of a TC gift certificate or a quantity of TCredits (each of which can be redeemed on virtually any product at TripleClicks).

Here’s an example: You bid on a tablet and win.  But because you live in Germany, when you check out, you’re offered your choice of a gift certificate or a quantity of TCredits.  You choose the gift certificate.  You can now purchase a tablet from a local ECA, eliminating or reducing shipping time and costs.

But it gets better…

YOUR CHOICE DROPSHIPPING

Let’s say that you really WANT the product that was auctioned off at Pricebenders. No problem! If you don’t have a U.S. or Canadian address you can have your item shipped to, you can simply use the Your Choice Dropshipping (YCD) program to redeem your TC gift certificate you received after winning your auction. Then, just redeem it for the same or similar Pricebender auction item…or ANY item of your choice from some of the world’s most popular e-commerce sites!

YCD currently works with the following 11 Amazon sites:
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NORTH AMERICA

EUROPE

ASIA

Just submit the URL of the product you want to TripleClicks, and we’ll take it from there.  We’ll deduct the amount of the item from your gift certificate balance (plus a $8 service fee) and have the item shipped directly from the site to you! See details.

Simply put…the Your Choice Dropshipping program essentially lets you bid for anything YOU want!  

To find out more about the Gift Certificate Exchange program, see this support page at TC…or learn all about the YCD program HERE.


New TripleClicks features and policies

 Effective immediately, we are testing some new features and policies.

1. All ECAs can now accept MRP as a payment option!  Yes, you can now spend your MRP on virtually every product listed at TripleClicks!

2. ALL Pricebenders auctions are now open to ALL bidders from ALL countries!  Here are the details:

For physical items, the auction item will be available for shipment only to US and Canada members (see silver/gold exception in FAQs).  If you live in any other country, you may now bid on any auction item, but if you win the item, you will be offered your choice of a TC gift certificate or a quantity of TCredits (each of which can be redeemed on virtually any product at TripleClicks).

Here’s an example: You bid on a tablet and win.  But because you live in Germany, when you check out, you’re offered your choice of a gift certificate or a quantity of TCredits.  You choose the gift certificate.  You can now purchase a tablet from a local ECA.  Also, because it’s local, shipping time is likely greatly reduced.  In addition, many truly messy issues we’ve had to deal with–like shipping restrictions on the shipment of electronics (and other products), going through Customs, etc.–are also greatly minimized or eliminated altogether.  Yes, a gift certificate greatly streamlines Pricebenders for our international members!

Special Notes:

A. No exchanges (either gift certificates or TCredits) will be available on digital items.

B. All auctions winners will be required to pay the ending (winning) price before choosing to accept a gift certificate or TCredits.

C. The value of TC gift certificates will be our approximate cost for the item and will expire after 180 days (Pricebenders gift certificates must be used within 180 days).

D. US and Canada members who win auctions for physical products will actually have three choices.  You may choose to take the item won, a gift certificate, or TCredits.

Big opportunity for ECAs

We are very excited about our new gift certificates program for Pricebenders and we think it’s going to provide a much, much better experience for our international winners.  But we’re not stopping there.  To truly empower this program, we want to align the program with our ECAs in a way that makes the experience even better yet–while boosting the sales opportunity for our ECAs around the world, too.

What we want to see is our ECAs stocking many of the same or similar products that we’re auctioning at Pricebenders. For ECAs that accomplish this (and are proven and reliable of course), we will refer winners of gift certificates directly to you!

Example: You live in South Africa and you are the winning bidder for a premium cookware set.  At checkout, we would provide you with a list of ECAs in your region that have this or a similar cookware product available.  With just a couple clicks, you can place an order with the ECA of your choice for the product (or similar product) you won using your gift certificate…and potentially receive it in just a couple days!  Slick!

Big opportunity for ECA REFERRERS too!

Know any businesses that might like to have potentially hundreds of gift certificate winners sent their way with a big gift certificate in hand and anxious to spend it?  That’s the opportunity for businesses that are willing to carry and ship “Pricebenders-approved” products.  To learn more about the ECA referrals opportunity (which can include handsome lifetime royalties for you for EVERY sale your referred ECAs make), go HERE.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: How do I redeem a gift certificate?
Simply choose “gift certificate” as your payment option when you check out.

Q: Can gift certificates be saved up and/or combined?
Yes, this is a great way to earn big, highly-coveted items such as a fast, new computer for your SFI business!  Note, however, that gift certificates won at Pricebenders expire in six months (180 days).

Q: How long will it take before ECAs can be listed with products to redeem my gift certificates on?
The timeframe is unknown as it’s dependent mostly on our ECAs, but we’ll start spreading the word with our ECAs now…and you can do the same.  In the meantime, we recommend that you patronize the top-rated ECAs in your country as listed on our ECA tab at TripleClicks or on the ECA tab at the Affiliate Center.

Q: Can I redeem a gift certificate on a digital SFI product such as PSAs To Go or a Prestige Custom Domain?
Yes.

Q: Could I use a gift certificate on a non-auction physical TC Direct product that can be shipped to my country?
Yes, however, you would be required to pay the shipping cost in such an instance.

Q: I’m an ECA that would like to have gift certificate winners directed to my ECA store.  How do I get listed for this?
You may submit a ticket at support.sfimg.com with your proposal.  If we like what we see from you, we will contact you when we are ready to incorporate this component of the program.  You can “apply” now or whenever you’re ready.

Q: What about silver and gold auctions?  Even though I’m in a country that you’ve been able to ship these items to previously, am I now out of luck?
No, you are not.  We will continue to ship silver and gold to you should you win one of these auctions (pending any future changes in shipping laws of course). This is the only exception to the new “Physical items are available for shipment to US/CANADA members only” rule.

Forum DiscussionDISCUSS IT!  Log in at the SFI Affiliate Center, then head over to the FORUM–to the SFI NEWS DISCUSSIONS section–to discuss this announcement with your fellow SFI’ers.


Introducing…the CSA Exchange!

Did you know that matching up co-sponsors and CSAs by country has been shown to increase activity in CSAs due to better communications and compatibility in regards to language, culture, etc.?

It’s true!  And with our new CSA Exchange, you can now actively harness the power of this in your team.  Yes, you can now exchange all your CSAs from other countries…for CSAs from your own country!

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Using the CSA Exchange is simple.  Here are the steps:

Step 1: Go to http://www.sfimg.com/MyAccount/CSAExchange

Step 2: Choose the ELIGIBLE CSAs view.

Step 3: Select all the CSAs you wish to exchange.  You’ll, of course, want to keep your active CSAs.  So only select the CSAs that you’re okay with exchanging for different CSAs.

Step 4: Save your selections by clicking the “Add selected CSAs to Exchange pool” button.

That’s it!  Exchanges will begin automatically–usually within 24 hours, depending on what CSAs are available currently.

Special Note: As you acquire additional CSAs, be sure to visit the CSA Exchange every so often to add them to the CSAs you want to exchange.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: Why should I exchange my CSAs?
People of course like working with those that understand their culture and speak their native language.  By exchanging your CSAs that live in other countries for CSAs that live in YOUR country, you can put this dynamic to work for you.  It’s a win/win!  Your CSAs will have a co-sponsor that they can work better with…and you’ll create more active CSAs that can grow your commissions!

Q: Which CSAs are automatically excluded from my list of CSAs eligible for exchange?
Our system automatically excludes CSAs if they:

  • Are from your own country
  • Have a current Standing Order
  • Are red-flagged in your Genealogy
  • Have a confirmed bad e-mail address
  • Were EA this month or last month

Q: Will exchanging mean I’ll get active CSAs?
There’s no guarantee that exchanging CSAs will change anything, but we’ve seen good evidence of CSAs becoming active after being reassigned to a co-sponsor from the same country.  But the bottom line is there’s nothing to lose.  If you’re exchanging your CSAs that are inactive currently, you’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain by bringing in new CSAs from your country and seeing how they might respond to a new, same-country co-sponsor.

Q: Does this new program have any impact on my PSAs?
Yes!  In fact, it could have a VERY positive impact on getting your PSAs more active, and reawakening PSAs that have been long inactive.  This is of course because all of your PSAs are also someone else’s CSAs.  As they get assigned to new same-country co-sponsors–persons that can personally guide them in their native language and who are aligned culturally–activity could increase substantially!  Yes, a significant boost to overall activity for your entire organization–for every generation under you–could be brewing!

Q: How long will it take for my CSAs to be exchanged?
This will depend entirely on how many CSAs you have to exchange and how many CSAs from your country that are available. Exchanges can potentially start within minutes of choosing your eligible CSAs, but it could take several hours, days, or even weeks to fully exchange all.

Q: Will I be able to see how many of my CSAs have been exchanged?
Yes, these statistics will be provided at the CSA Exchange web page, so you can always see the results of your exchanges, how many are pending, etc.

Q: When I receive CSAs from my country, am I allowed to call them and/or meet with them?
Yes, feel free to work directly with all your CSAs.  This is one of the best ways to get your CSAs actively engaged and grow your business.

Q: Will exchanged CSAs know they’ve been assigned a new co-sponsor?
Yes, immediately upon reassignment, we send each person an email letting them know they have a new co-sponsor from their own country.  This notice included the full name and email address of the new co-sponsor and invites them to make contact.

Q: How can I identify the new CSAs I’ve received through the CSA Exchange…so I can introduce myself?
The easiest method is through your Genealogy report.  Use the “CSA Assign Date” for your first filter, then “CSA Source = CSA Exchange” for your second filter to pull up your new exchanged CSAs by date.  You can then use the Genealogy’s group messaging tool to send them your message.

Q: What should I say in my introduction message?
It’s up to you, but here’s a suggestion:

Subject: I’m your new co-sponsor in SFI!

Hi,

I’ve just received the great news that I’ve been assigned as your new co-sponsor in SFI!

Like yourself, I live in <country> and I would love to work with you to help you build a successful business.  SFI is a powerful and proven business platform, and I would be honored, as your new co-sponsor in <country>, to help you in any way I can.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Your Name
Your email address

Q: Won’t exchanges be slow at first?
It could be, yes.  Until significant numbers of affiliates join the exchange (with lots of CSAs), there won’t be a large enough pool of CSAs for exchanges to happen rapidly.  However, we expect the program to be well received and thousands of exchanges to be happening daily within a few weeks.

Q: Won’t my CSAs be hurt that I’ve given them up to another co-sponsor?
It’s possible, yes.  That said, the exchange has been created to provide a mutually-beneficial situation.  You may not be able to significantly help many of your CSAs that live in far-away parts of the word due to language and cultural differences.  But by them getting reassigned to a same-country co-sponsor, you may be giving them a huge gift–a gift that may allow them to really take off and find success and financial freedom in SFI.

Q: Should I stay in contact with the CSAs that I’ve allowed to be reassigned to new co-sponsors?
No.  Once they’ve been exchanged, contact should cease.  If they contact you, you should advise them to contact their new co-sponsor.  Note that if you’ve got CSAs that you’ve become friends with and don’t want to lose contact with, just don’t exchange them.

Q: Does the CSA Exchange take into account how long the CSAs have been in SFI?
No, it’s only looking at their country of residence and matching by country.

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New TCredits exchange policy at Pricebenders

Effective immediately, we will be allowing winners of auctions to optionally exchange items won for TCredits, up to three times per month.

How will I know an exchange of TCredits is available to me?
When you go to check out, for the item you’ve won, you’ll see the offer.  If you want to accept the offer, simply select it and the TCredits will immediately be added to your account.

If I accept the TCredits, what happens to the item I won?
If will go back into inventory to be auctioned later.

Why would someone want to take TCredits instead of the item they’ve been bidding on?
There are a number of reasons and we receive many tickets about this.  Sometimes the check-out price is more than the winner has available to pay.  Sometimes the winner has second thoughts (Buyer’s Remorse).  Sometimes winners have mistakenly bid for an item we cannot ship to their country or it is determined, after the auction, to be incompatible in some way.  Whatever the case, mistakes happen and minds change, so we want to offer this flexibility to our Pricebenders participants.

Can I exchange ANYTHING for TCredits?
No.  TCredits packs are excluded.  Some other items may be excluded as well.  If you do not see an exchange offer, it means the item is not eligible for an exchange.


Forum DiscussionLog in at the SFI Affiliate Center, then head over to the FORUM–to the SFI NEWS DISCUSSIONS section–to discuss this announcement with your fellow SFI’ers.